We all want to create a magical Christmas for our kids. One of our biggest joys as parents is seeing the sparkle of excitement in their eyes during the holiday season.

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – you feel it, you know it, you believe it.”

Kevin Alan Milne
Magical Christmas pin

Plus, this time of year is the perfect time to create wondrous childhood memories. Our kids will remember the love and laughter forever. Well after we’re gone.

But sometimes creating this magical Christmas is easier said than done. Real-life creeps in. And often real life is far from magical. So how do we bring out the magic while still keeping our sanity?

5 Steps to a Magical Christmas

Here are some ideas to consider to give kids that awe-inspiring Christmas you dream of.

1. BE INTENTIONAL

magical Christmas environment

First, to have a memorable Christmas, you have to be intentional about what you’re focusing on and the atmosphere you create.

Great things don’t just happen. So, consider these questions to get you brainstorming about the holiday you want to have…

  • What’s the most important thing to YOU this Christmas?
  • What’s your most memorable childhood Christmas? Why?
  • What are your favorite songs, food, books, and activities during the holiday season?
  • What environment do you want to create in your home this Christmas?

Jot a few things down, or visualize your intentional Christmas.

2. CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Magical Christmas activities

Next, there are so many easy and fun activities to do with kids! Remember, unforgettable memories are built through experiences. So, here are a few fun ideas to get you started! Then, sign up below for a free printable!

  1. Eat an indoor picnic around the Christmas tree
  2. Take snacks and go see a light display
  3. Make goodies to give to firemen or neighbors
  4. Make reindeer food
  5. Have a Christmas dance party
  6. Watch your favorite Christmas movie (Elf, The Grinch, The Polar Express…)
  7. Make gingerbread houses
  8. Kiss under the mistletoe
  9. Wrap gifts together
  10. Take a silly Christmas picture

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3. EMBRACE TRADITIONS

magical Christmas kids putting ornaments on the tree

Traditions help make our values clear and do the heavy work of bringing us together. To have a magical Christmas, you NEED traditions that WORK for your family.

Consider these questions, and think about your Christmas traditions. They can include the activities in #2 or be completely different yearly rituals around food, gifts, or relatives.

  • How does your family begin the holiday season?
  • What are your gift-giving traditions?
  • Do you have spiritual traditions?
  • What traditions do you have around food?
  • What is your most meaningful tradition? Why?
  • Are you missing anything? What traditions would you like to incorporate to pass along your values or promote your special family identity?

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4. TAKE IT EASY

The mental state you’re in when interacting with your kids matters ENORMOUSLY.

We’ve all been there. We’re stressed and snap at the kids. Or we’re overwhelmed and less affectionate because we just can’t handle it all right now.

But consider the impact this has on them. If your mental health suffers over the holidays, you’re not creating that magical Christmas you dream about. It’s going to look more like a nightmare.

So, let go of perfection, schedule in plenty of downtimes for mom, and delegate holiday tasks. You won’t regret this step!

5. PRESENCE OVER PRESENTS

magical Christmas kids, baking together

As part of being intentional, be sure to emphasize experiences above stuff this holiday season. Their childhood memories will be about the adventures you had together, not the 30 gifts they forgot about by February. Here are a few ways to emphasis togetherness:

BUY EXPERIENCES

Spend meaningful time together before Christmas, but also use your money to show your kids how much you want to BE with them. Here are a few examples of “gifts” to buy them:

  • Tickets to a play, concert, sporting event, or amusement park
  • Zoo or learning place memberships
  • Lessons to something they’re interested in (horseback riding etc)
  • Subscription boxes (to do things together)
  • Kits: arts and crafts, camping items, cooking supplies (for experiences)

There are so many more non-toy ideas out there!

Check out this article “How to Gift Experiences So They’re Just As Exciting As Toys” for some great ideas of small items to gives kids that represent bigger experiences.

These articles – “50 Experience Gift Ideas for Families and Children” and “33 of the Best Experience Gifts For Kids and Families” have even more ideas for you!

FAMILY DINNERS

Another quick and easy way to spend quality time with kids over the Christmas season is to enforce family dinners.

First, put away your technology. Then, make your time together magical by using candles, doing some caroling, and discussing what you’re grateful for. Or try these Christmas table talk cards to make your dinner time conversation lively.

INCLUDE THEM

Lastly, make sure you include the kids in most aspects of the holiday. They want to be a part of the action.

They can help pick out gifts, wrap, put up decorations, and make food. If your kids are really young, this contribution will look smaller. But all kids want to feel like they’re part of the family.

Something To Think About

Christmas is magical not because of how many presents are under the tree, but because of the time spent together. Are your kids in a loving environment? Are you doing your best? That’s really all that matters.

Cheers to a magical Christmas season! I hope it’s everything you dream about.

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